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Meet Your Next Romance-Novel Binge: Lauren Layne’s Central Park Pact Trilogy

by  | January 23

The day of Brayden Hayes’s funeral is when it all began. Three women all dressed in black were prepared to attend the service, but couldn’t bring themselves to walk inside the church; instead, they wandered across the street and found themselves on the same bench in Central Park.

In a city of over eight million people, Brayden’s funeral brought together three women he never intended to meet each other: his wife and his two mistresses. Not quite how you would expect a love story to begin, but it’s amazing how one chance meeting can change your life. On that day Claire Hayes, Naomi Powell, and Audrey Tate make a pact to never let each other fall victim to a cheating bastard again and to help each other find the right man.

Lauren Layne’s Central Park Pacttrilogy shares the stories of these headstrong women and how they find love after the cheating asshole, Brayden. Each book in the trilogy can be read as a stand-alone, but they share glimpses into the others’ lives, so if you don’t want spoilers, you should read them in order. Somewhat reminiscent of Candace Bushnell’s Sex and the City, the stories follow the romantic escapades of these three women on the Upper East Side whose lives have been brought together because of that one terrible ex they inadvertently shared.

Passion on Park Avenue

Passion on Park Avenue

by Lauren Layne

The series begins with Naomi Powell’s story in Passion on Park Avenue. From the time she was a little girl, Naomi has been on a mission to prove herself among the Upper East Side (UES) elite. As the CEO of a national jewelry company, she’s finally made it, and she’s not going to let her affair with Brayden Hayes (who she didn’t know was married) derail her plans or destroy her faith in love. When she moves into her posh UES apartment, she doesn’t expect to run into her childhood nemesis, Oliver Cunningham. As luck would have it, he is her neighbor and he doesn’t recognize her from the days he used to torment her. In this enemies-to-lovers romance, Naomi tries to resist the pull of her charismatic neighbor, but their passion burns fierce on Park Avenue.

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Love on Lexington Avenue

Love on Lexington Avenue

by Lauren Layne

The fun continues in Love on Lexington Avenue. Claire Hayes has been living in the townhouse that she shared with her late husband, the cheating scumbag. About a year after his funeral, Claire decides it’s time to redecorate her home on Lexington Avenue, which sports furnishings from her husband’s grandmother. Claire can’t decide on a color palette or theme for the project, however, because suddenly she realizes that her whole life she’s played it safe. She isn’t sure what she wants, but she knows the neutral palettes she had initially planned just won’t do. Her lack of vision and planning drives her contractor, Scott Turner, crazy. At first, he is rude and abrasive and pushes all of Claire’s buttons, but when he realizes why she is indecisive, he begins building the home that she truly deserves…while also falling for her.

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Marriage on Madison Avenue

Marriage on Madison Avenue

by Lauren Layne

During the first two books, we get glimpses of a third would-be couple, Audrey and Clarke. In Marriage on Madison Avenue, Lauren Layne bring their love story full circle. The pair are childhood best friends who have been living in the limelight of Manhattan’s social scene since before they can remember. Audrey has taken advantage of her socialite status and turned it into a career as a social media influencer. One night, Clarke’s family invites an ex-girlfriend (the one who got away) to dinner and tries to push them back together, but he lies and announces that he is engaged to Audrey. The fake engagement comes at just the right time for Audrey too; since her affair with Brayden Hayes has come to light, the internet trolls have come out to attack her.

Clarke and Audrey spend more time together to keep up the ruse and share some intimate embraces that are all for the camera and her followers. But as they start planning the wedding, Audrey realizes that her staged feelings may actually be real, and she starts to wonder if their engagement is really fake after all….

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Saimah works on the Corporate Digital Marketing team at Simon & Schuster. She is a die-hard Harry Potter fan and loves dystopian fiction! She also enjoys reading celeb memoirs, modern romances and murder mysteries. When she's not reading, she is binge-watching her favorite shows, finding the best roof deck bars in the city and watching sporting events (while defending her Cleveland sports teams!).